Holy Cross Lake View SS
Holy Cross Lake View SS

HCLVSS is a private secondary school owned by the Congregation of Holy Cross in the District of East Africa classified as ‘O’ and ‘A’ level Secondary School, mixed day and boarding.
Fr. Hesse and Br. Paul Kasande saw the urgent need of secondary education in the Bugembe area despite the fact that Wanyange Girls, Busoga College Mwiri and M.M. Wairaka College already existed because they were not accessible to the local people due to the high competition for places and high school fees. This idea was premised on the fact that there was a need to help the students with financial problems who wished to attain quality education, so the community people contributed to its well-being and well-wishers.
Fr. Hesse and Bro. Paul Organized the local people and rallied their support for the project, which was initiated at the meeting of parishioners, LCs, local educators and other interested people held on 18th October 1992. Contributions were made in cash and kind. Volunteer labor was obtained and on 23rd February 1993, the school opened as an O-level day school with just one classroom and fifty-five senior one students.

The school then grew on a yearly basis as one group was admitted, another classroom built. Due to pressure from parents who “knew a good thing when they saw it”, a hostel was opened in 1995 and the school began its transition from day to boarding. UNEB granted an O-level center on 8th August 1995 and things were set for the first sitting the following year. When the pioneer students sat in 1996, a “miracle” happened and when the results were issued, Lake View S.S was listed among the best fifty schools in Uganda.

Sr. Mary Louise Whaler, C.S.C, a sister of the Holy Cross, who was an experienced the headmistress had just returned to Uganda from a break of being headmistress at St. Maria Gorett Girl’s SSS (Fort Portal). On request, she humbly accepted the responsibility to head Holy Cross Lake View SSS. The subsequent head teachers followed as; Br. John Flood, CSC at the start of 2004 who succeeded Sr. Louise, Mr. Rumanyika Alex in 2010, Br. Cleophas Kyomuhendo, CSC in 2013, Mr. Akoragye John Niwizera and Br. Neema Everest Kizito CSC, and in January 2017 Sr. Beatrice Driwaru CSC; the current head teacher.

HCLVSS Community Impact

  • The foodstuffs are bought from the people around.
  • Employees (most teachers)are from the region.
  • A good relationship with the people, share the playground and have retreated with the schools around.
  • Many people’s lives have been transformed through the bursaries given to some of the students.

Holy Cross Lake View started in 1993 as an initiative by the late Fr. Bob Hesse, CSC who was a Parish Priest of Bugembe Parish with the help of the parishioners.